Permanent Account Number

Popularly known as PAN in India, it is used by Indian Nationals as an Identification in the annual tax returns, Banks, Loan Applications and bascially in any financial transaction. It is a 10-character alpha-numeric identifier, every character has something to say about the subject. PAN verification algorithm can use below simple steps to quickly verify authenticity of any produced PAN.

  • The PAN Dummy Example: AAAPL1234C
    • First five characters are letters [AAAPL]
    • Next four numerals  [1234]
    • Last character letter. [C]
  • The first three letters characters represent the alphabetic series running from AAA to ZZZ.
  • The fourth character informs about the subject type.
P — Individual
C — Company
H — HUF (Hindu Undivided Family)
E — Limited Liability Partnership
F — Firm
G — Government
T — Trust(AOP)
A — Association of Persons (AOP)
B — Body of Individuals (BOI)
L — Local Authority
J — Artificial Juridical Person
K — Krish (Trust Krish)
  • The fifth character of PAN represents the first character of the PAN subject’s last name/surname in case of an individual. In case of non-individual PAN subjects fifth character represents the first character of PAN subject’s name.
  • Next four numerals are sequential numbers running from 0001 to 9999.

  • The last character, the tenth character is an alphabetic check digit.